The light is dimmed in the auditorium; the audience is completely absorbed looking at the screen to take in the projection of the movie. The flickering of the images starts but then all in the sudden a man appears in front of the screen and breaks out a piece of it. It has the shape of a cube. He puts it on the floor and moves it away from the screen. Delighted he notices that the flickering also reaches this new arranged fragment of the screen. Quickly he breaks out more and more pieces and thus creates a multitude of small, geometrically altered screens, which he arranges anew in the entire auditorium. In order to still be able to take in all the flickering of the images, the audience has to stand up and duck down, twist and turn. The man seems to be obsessed to capture the now apparently freely flying images with his cubes, thus giving them a new destination and maybe a new meaning.
“Cube Pusher” is a cinematic and experimental performance, which aims to question and resolve the generally rigid relationship between audience and screen. By breaking down the screen in small cubes and consequently also the images the spectator is meant to be taken out of its passive, “two dimensional” consuming of images and can, if it wishes so, participate in pushing the cubes.
Thus a experimental and provocative game of video-images and music, speech and projection surfaces emerges, which aims to create new audio-visual worlds and forms of storytelling.
Soon the spectator finds himself in a universe of images and sounds, which makes him amused and upset, dance and stunned…
May 2007 Fabbrica Europa Festival. Florence, Italy.
Sept 2007 VAD Festival. Girona, Spain.
Oct 2007 Brasil Noar Festival. Barcelona, Spain.
May 2008 Loop Festival. Barcelona, Spain.
several characters experience the claustrophobic reality of being jailed in tv screens which they apparently inhabit. the different Personalities react each in their own way to cope with or escape this nightmare.
Kaamos (2007-08) is a journey into the heart of darkness.
Kaamos is a finnish term for the darkest period of the year in the north, when the light turns into shades of grey and sun is a rare visitor. Two women travel to a spring in the middle of the forest. This spring is known for its magical healing powers, that can cure from blindness. On their return it becomes obvious that the way back home is not what it used to be ...
All images and audio are from Finland.
Audio: Circle: Jäljet (Traces)
Kontackto:Mustikkaa Silmissä (Blueberries in the Eyes)
Mika Vainio: Kotiin (On the Way to Home)
In form and content "naked tank" engages in topics like "borders" and "marginal space". The centric element of this work is to overcome, to break up and through, and to challenge different kind of borders.
A zoom into pure life, its surreal truth and the relation between reality and imagination with all their grey areas is realized invasingly and impressively by using loops. It is implemented in the spacial conditions of the respective exhibition space. The loop as turning element of presentation picks up the topic of life and its circles within the border situations. It [the loop] takes the topics to new possibility of interpretation.
"Naked Tank" expands the narrowness of screen as projection area by involving the whole surrounding space. With this polypheny of audiovisual mosaics, it creates new ambient experience of space that revolutionizes the interaction between spectater and projected image.